Tuesday, January 11, 2005

who gives what i think, but just for the sake of tradition (?), here's my top 10 albums of 2004, which means records i listened to more than once. for a year in which almost anything but herman's hermits hurt my ears, that's saying something.

Brian Wilson, Smile

Mates of State, All Day EP

Mark Lane, Golden State of Mind (2003 but who cares, he's from l.a. and deserves props)

Loretta Lynn, Van Lear Rose

Kanye West, The College Dropout

Puffy Ami Yumi, Nice (same. i mean, they're from japan but their producer guy is local and so good.)

Shapes of Race Cars, Apocalypse Hurts EP

Gregory Vaine, The Many Sides Of

Tracy Spuehler, It's The Sound

Nancy Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra

special notice--died of joy on first listen, puked a little bit in my throat later, but it's ok:

Nelly McKaye, Get Away From Me

Singles of the Year

Kanye West, Jesus Walks

J-Kwon, Tipsy (best-produced radio hit since I can remember, shit)

Kelis, Milkshake

Usher, Confessions; Burn

Kanye West et al., Slow Jamz

Cee Lo w/Pharrell, The Art of Noise

The Donnas, Fall Behind Me

Courtney Love, Sunset Strip (hey, it was a single on indie 103...)

Avril Lavigne, My Happy Ending (what can i say. i like her voice better than alanis's.)

Best Records of 2004 I Never Heard Cuz I Was Broke, Sad Or Lazy:

Eminem, Encore

Nirvana, that new box set

The Donnas, Gold Record

Gwen Stefani, Love, Angel, Music, Baby

Best Phenomena of the Year

Fantasia Barrino

Duran Duran

Old Icons Retooled By Indie Rockers (Brian Wilson, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Loretta Lynn)

Sinful Christianity (Kanye West, R. Kelly)

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